Posted by: Pauline | June 19, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday June 26

Luke 11:2-4

The form of the Lord’s Prayer found in Luke is somewhat shorter than the form we are more familiar with, from Matthew. But overall, Luke’s Gospel has a good deal more teaching about prayer than the other three. Some have suggested that Luke was writing to people less familiar with prayer than the decidedly Jewish audience that Matthew wrote to.

We may be familiar with prayer, especially the Lord’s Prayer, if we have gone to church for many years. But we all need to learn from Jesus how to pray.

Psalm 99:1-5

Because of the way this psalm switches between talking about God and talking to God, it is thought that it may be been used responsively in worship. Some lines were spoken by the worship leader, others by the people. But it is not always clear who is speaking, or who is being addressed.

What is clear is that it is a psalm of praise to God as King, focused on his holiness. Both the earth itself and all peoples of the earth tremble before a powerful and holy God. He is praised not just for his power, however, but also for his justice. Those who worship God know that, unlike the pagan gods, the God of Israel has true power, and always uses that power to do what is right.

Isaiah 6:1-8

As in Psalm 99, here is this passage also there is an emphasis on the holiness of God, and there is trembling before Him. The ground is trembling, causing the doorposts to shake, and Isaiah seems to be trembling also at his realization of his sinfulness before a holy God.

God’s holiness and justice lead to fear of judgment, but here God offers forgiveness. In response, Isaiah jumps at the chance to serve God by carrying his message – though reading the passage in context shows that Isaiah’s message will go largely unheard.

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